On Friday, March 15, 2019, (New Zealand Time, GMT) it was reported that fifty people were killed and at least 20 wounded in a terrorist shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. When hateful events like these happen, it does not only disrupt the lives of the Muslim community and those living in New Zealand. As global citizens, the effects ripple through all communities affecting us and in particularly our Muslim students, faculty and staff on campus and in the greater Montclair Community.
It is with great sadness in our hearts that we mourn with the communities who have lost family, friends, and neighbors to senseless violence. We recognize that the lives lost had an impact on the communities in which they lived and beyond.
These incidents affect individuals in our community on different levels and in different ways. If you would like to come out and be with us, please join us at these gatherings or utilize the resources listed without hesitation. All are welcome!
Thursday, March 21
Empathy and Connection: A Time for Reflection and Community Support
- 1-2 p.m.
- Center for Faith and Spirituality, Student Center Annex, Room 112
- Led by Dr. Sudha Wadhwani.
- All welcome
Connecting Across Cultures
- 3-4 p.m.
- Drop-in Center
- Led by Dr. Sudha Wadhwani
- All welcome
“They Are Us” A Panel Discussion, on the New Zealand Mosque Attack
- 4-5 p.m.
- Student Center, Ballroom C
The Panelist for the discussion will include: Zoe Burkholder, Holocaust & Human Rights Ed at MSU; Roula Ramadan, Human Rights Intern at Montclair State; Kate Temoney, Genocide Education and Prevention Project; Nuray Yurt, Board President, Peace Islands Institute. The panel will be led by Dr. Dorothy Rogers, Religion Department.
Directly after the panel discussion, join the Center for Faith and Spirituality and the Bias Education Response Task Force (BERT) to host a vigil and observe a moment of silence to recognize the tragedies in the Student Center Quad. Led by Hamal Strayhorn.
- “Let’s Talk” sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Visit the Let’s Talk webpage for locations and times which you can give to students.
- The Office for Social Justice and Diversity (OSJD): Student Center Annex, Room 113, 973-655-7130. The staff can assist in connecting anyone to cultural and faith-based community based resources.
- The Office of the Dean of Students: Student Center, 4th Floor, Suite 400, 973-655-4118
- Center for Faith and Spirituality: Student Center Annex, 112, Join us at an event or drop by.
- Information on community outreach and the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
- The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) offers many web resources.
With thoughts of peace,
Hamal Strayhorn, Co-Chair Bias Education Response Task Force, Office for Social Justice and Diversity
Yolanda Alvarez, Co-Chair Bias Education Response Task Force, Office of the Dean of Students